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March 26, 2009


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Chutney for travel
I have shared Coconut urad dal chutney & onion urad dal chutney recipes in this post. They are ideal for travel. This chutney stays good for 2 days and its an excellent side dish for idli dosa.I learnt both the chutneys from my mom.

Chutneys for travel

Chutneys for travel Chutney for travel - Coconut-urad dal chutney/ Ulutham paruppu chutney that stays good for one day without refrigeration.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Chutney
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml

  • Grated coconut –1 cup
  • Urad dal – 2 tbsp
  • Red chillies – 5-7 nos
  • Tamarind - Small gooseberry size
  • Salt & water – as needed
  • Asafetida / hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Sesame oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cooking oil – 1 tbsp

    • Grate one-half of medium sized coconut and keep aside.Soak tamarind in little water..
    • Heat a kadai with cooking oil and add the red chillies , urad dal and fry till urad dal turns golden brown.
    • Now add the hing/asafetida and switch off the flame.
    • Transfer it to a plate and let it cool.
    • Now run the roasted mixture with salt & tamarind in a mixie once and add the grated coconut and run once .
    • Now add the water and grind it to a smooth paste.Travel chutney

      • Heat the kadai with 1 tbsp of sesame oil and add the chutney to it. Saute it well. The water in the chutney gets absorbed and becomes thick .
      • Now transfer it to a bowl with spoon and pack it in a separate box for travel.
      It tastes great with idli!!.
Serve with idli,dosa adding a tsp of gingely oil.Tastes yummy !

coconut urad dal chutney


Chutneys for travel

Chutneys for travel Chutneys for travel with onion & urad dal - Stays good for 2 days without refrigeration.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Chutneys
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


  • Big onion – 1  ( chopped )
  • Small onion – 5-10 nos (peeled n chopped)
  • Tamarind – small berry size
  • Urad dal – 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli – 4 nos (adjust to ur taste)
  • Salt & water – as needed.
  • Cooking and gingely oil – 1 tbsp each

  • Heat a kadai with 1 tbsp of cooking oil and roast the urad dal and red chilli till light golden brown.Set aside.
  • In the same kadai with the remaining oil , saute the chopped big and small onions together till transparent.
  • Grind all the above with tamarind,reqd salt and water to a smooth paste.
  • Now heat the kadai and add the sesame/gingely oil .No need to temper.Its optional.
  • Once it is hot add the chutney to it and saute well till it becomes thick in a medium flame. There should be no moisture in chutney. 
  • Now pack it separately in a banana leaf/plastic container/zip lock bags with a spoon for travel.
Tastes excellent with dosa/idli!!


  • Both the chutneys are ideal for travel.They stay good for 2 days without refrigeration but you should saute well in oil after grinding to remove the moisture in it else it will be spoiled.
  • Pack in an air tight box.Use a clean spoon always.Do not use your hands at any cost.


Pack these chutneys for idli,dosa and enjoy ur travel food !!
coconut chutney for travel

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Raks said...

Did u asked Sen for the thengai thogaiyal story? LOL!
The second one is new to me ! Nice entries for the event!

Chitra said...

nope,i'll ask hime today:)thanks for the quick comment:)

jayasree said...

coconut-urad dal chutney is new to me. I make the onion one often.
Nice entries for the event.

Anonymous said...

Those chutneys look yummy! Love the coconut one especially.

FH said...

Yummy chutneys, great entry. Enjoy your award Chitra! :)

Indian Khana said...

Nice chutneys....Congrats on your award :)

Ashwini said...

Nice entries..Looks yumm..Congrats on the award

Priya Suresh said...

Prefect entries for the event..Both chutneys looks amazing!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

chutney is so simple and yummy dear

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting me Chitra. Loved ur chutneys! Will try them for Idlys :)

Do keep in touch :)

Pooja said...

coconut urad dal chutney is new to me..looking great chitra..

Varsha Vipins said...

Simple n comforting chutney Chitra..:)

Vibaas said...

chutneys look yum! :)

Sanghi said...

Congrats on the award.! Superb chutneys..!

Vikis Kitchen said...

Congrats on ur awards dear. Chutneys look delicious.

Deepa Hari said...

Both the chutneys look yum Chitra...Congrats on the award.

Sharmi said...

urad dal chutney sound nice!

AnuSriram said...

Both looks delciious! Nice recipe...

Manju said...

lovely looking chutneys and congrats on the award!

kalpana said...

Both the chutneys look great! you r right..they'll taste yummmmyyy with idlis :)

Chitra said...

Thanku all :)

Nazarina A said...

The tamarind and urad spells the making of 5 star Indian cuisine!

Gita Jaishankar said...

Both the chutneys looks delicious, congrats on your awards :)

Suparna said...

anytime chutneys wow! yummy accompaniments chitra.
Congrats on your awards! enjoy!!
happy weekend!

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

both the chutneys looks yummy Chitra! I love to have this chutney with hot rice and ghee.. so yummy!

Tangled Noodle said...

I've never had a coconut chutney before - these both look delicious!

Chitra said...

Thanku tessa,keep visiting:)
Thanks nazarina,suparna,TN,madhu and gita:)

Lakshmi said...

Thanks dear Chitra. This would be a good addition to my round up :)

phanitha said...

The chutneys look great..!!
Congrats on your award..!!

shalu Dinesh said...

can you pls let me know whether this onion chutney ll be good for one day travel...till night ?

Chitra said...

Yes it will stay good.Please saute the chutney well in oil till it thickens.Use clean spoon for handling.It will stay good for two days too.